TRIBUTES have been paid to a dedicated family man who served Northumberland communities for many years.
Brian Routledge, 64, passed away last month, following a brave two-year battle with leukaemia.
The father-of-two, who lived in Winlaton, was heavily involved in north Northumberland life during a distinguished career.
He was a long-serving member of Northumbria Police, and left having reached the rank of Chief Inspector, and then joined Northumberland County Council as a Community Safety Officer, based in Alnwick.
Working closely with a variety of partners, Mr Routledge, alongside Coun Robert Arckless, established one of the very first Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in the North East.
Mr Routledge, who was nominated for a Pride of Northumberland award, set about establishing a town centre CCTV system for Alnwick and Amble and was dedicated to improving the lives of those who were victims of crime, in particular domestic abuse.
He worked with partners and colleagues to set up a specialist support service CEASE24, which is one of the county’s primary support services for victims of domestic abuse.
Victoria Barrington, head of public protection at the county council, said: “For all his hard work and dedication, Brian will be remembered for the legacy that continues to deliver improvements for the people of Northumberland through his colleagues in Community Safety and partners who worked with him who are still part of the Local Multi Agency Problem Solving Groups (Lmaps) Brian was instrumental in establishing.
“Although Brian is definitely a one-off, the work will continue to be delivered with the same enthusiasm and passion Brian embodied.
“He left a legacy for Northumberland but a legacy that is a foundation for continued improvement and success.”
Coun Arckless, town and county councillor for Amble, worked closely with Mr Routledge for a number of years and described him as ‘a good man who made a difference’.
He said: “I loved Brian’s common sense and down-to-earth attitude. I loved his sense of humour.
“Brian’s death after an illness tackled with his usual courage and determination has come far too soon. But he will not be forgotten. He leaves a great legacy.”
Coun Arckless said that Mr Routledge worked ‘incredibly hard’ to help to sustain low crime levels and challenge anti-social behaviour and gave ‘huge support’ to youngsters.
Mr Routledge leaves his wife of 42 years, Anne, 65, two daughters, Jackie, 40, and Vicki, 38, and two granddaughters, Laura, 11, and Aimee, eight.
He also had a passion for fishing and photography.